After the crushing disappointment of a quarterfinal loss in men's hockey, the Russians were looking for redemption from Adelina Sotnikova in figure skating. They got it, as the 17-year-old delivered gold on Thursday at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Adelina watched from the sidelines as her nation fell in love with 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia during the team competition, then fought back hard in singles. Where Liptnitskaia faltered on both days, eventually finishing fifth, Sotnikova raised her game higher than ever before.
Sotnikova fed off the energy of her home crowd to snatch the opportunity for an Olympic repeat away from Yuna Kim of Korea, who finished just behind her in second place.
Veteran Carolina Kostner of Italy finished third to take bronze.
While it was a strong event for the three American skaters, the U.S. team finished off the podium for the second straight Olympics. Gracie Gold was the top American in fourth place, Ashley Wagner placed seventh, and Polina Edmunds was ninth overall.
Gold: Adelina Sotnikova - Russia - 224.59
Silver: Yuna Kim - Korea - 219.11
Bronze: Carolina Kostner - Italy - 216.73